THE WEST CHARLOTTE COALITION

The Church United For West Charlotte

Social Mobility studies reveal that Charlotte is divided by race, income, family structure, school quality, and social capital. A growing collaborative of churches, non-profit organizations, and marketplace leaders called The West Charlotte Coalition is actively engaged in bringing Biblical Justice to these stubborn facts in the zip code of 28208, especially along the Freedom Drive Corridor.  This Coalition exists to serve children and families in the neighborhoods nearest the five Title 1 elementary schools along this three-mile stretch of road (from Pinky’s to Allenbrook Elementary).

The West Charlotte Coalition unites around a love for Jesus and a love for our city. We express this through weekly Wednesday prayer, collaborative worship gatherings, church-school partnerships, and reconciling relationships. We have a particular focus on reading proficiency for K-3 students. Together, we can achieve measurable positive results for the emerging generations in our part of the city. But first and foremost, it all starts for us with Prayer.

Anyone is welcome to join us at Center City Church (inside The Movement Center at 2225 Freedom Drive) for weekly Wednesday Prayer from Noon to 1 p.m. This recurring event on our calendars is the foundational pillar of our movement, and the essential starting point for engagement in our part of the city.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

Marc Dickmann
Executive Director
The West Charlotte Coalition

Network Leaders

Marc Dickmann
Executive Director
The West Charlotte Coalition
marc@forcharlotte.org

Mark Cook
Associate Director
Christ Resurrection Church
mark.cook@cmpmail.com

Next Network Meeting: Wednesday Prayer

Location:

Center City Church
(Inside Movement Center)
2225 Freedom Drive.
Charlotte, NC 28208

Date and Time:

Every Wednesday
12:00-1:00pm

NETWORK ESTABLISHED DATE: 2015

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UPCOMING NETWORK EVENTS:

Weekly Wednesday Prayer: Every Wednesday, from Noon to 1 p.m.

DATE: Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine, Noon to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Center City Church — upstairs and inside The Movement Center (2225 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Weekly, fervent, Kingdom-centered Prayer is the hallmark of our network. Our heart is to keep Jesus at the center of all that we do, as we pray for our city and our neighbors. Each week is facilitated by a different leader in our Coalition. Anyone is welcome to join us. Stay for a few minutes or the entire hour. Or, pray with us wherever you may be. The monthly Prayer Guide is available for download in the Network Resources section below.
HOST: The West Charlotte Coalition (a For Charlotte city network)

Serving Our Homeless Neighbors This Winter

DATE: Sundays Nights, running December through March
LOCATION: The Harvest Center — downstairs and inside The Movement Center (2225 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Harvest Inn, a winter shelter partnership, exists to keep our homeless neighbors from freezing on the coldest nights of the year. Join with our allies at The Harvest Center to provide a warm, dignified, and joy-filled night to neighbors in need of relief.
HOST: The Harvest Center. Sign up by clicking  here. Contact Toccara Young for additional questions.

Weekly Work-Day Volunteer Opportunities

LOCATION: Movement School (2701 Freedom Drive • Charlotte, NC 28208)
OPPORTUNITIES: Are you interested in volunteering during your work day? Our friends at the new Movement School have flexible volunteer slots that are available in the following areas:
Lunch Buddies
·        Please be prepared to commit at least two visits/month
·        Orientation will be held twice a month during lunch times for interested volunteers
·        Students are dismissed to lunch according to their grades: Kindergarten: 11:15-11:45 a.m. • 1st grade: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • 2nd grade: 11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Reading Buddies
·        Please be prepared to commit to 30 minutes/week
·        Students will pick a 30-minute time slot between 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m.
·        Movement School administration will make student matches based on time availability
·        Volunteers will meet at student’s classroom and will pair off within the room
·        Teachers will have prepared materials for the volunteer when he/she arrives
·        Volunteer must attend Active Reading training with Read Charlotte.
To become a reading buddy, please, sign up on the school website. For additional questions, please contact Bethany Cord, Volunteer Coordinator with the Movement Foundation: :803.272.4370  Ext. 21002

NETWORK COLLABORATIONS:

Volunteering with CMS: Time to Reactivate Your Status

Are you interested in volunteering at one of our focus schools? If you are already in the CMS system, please take a minute and reactivate your status for the 2017-2018 school year.

Are you a new volunteer? The first step is to make sure you have your background check complete. Click here to take this simple next step. Then, make sure to connect with the Reading Specialist on campus. For help finding a school and a student, email marc@forcharlotte.org.

Reading Buddies and Active Listening A-B-C’s

Our friends from Read Charlotte help resource the city so that we can best serve our neighborhood students who need reading support. This 3-minute video (bottom of the page) is a helpful tool in preparing us for being a great Reading Mentor for a West Charlotte student.

West Charlotte Coalition Facebook Group

If you want to follow us, and stay current on how you can engage in our movement, you can join our West Charlotte Coalition Facebook Group.  Send a request to our administrator to join in!

“Why We Do What We Do: Part 3—Reconciling Relationships”

AUDIO DOWNLOAD: Pastor James Scott (The Exchange Church) recently challenged us with “Why We Pursue Reconciling Relationships”—one of the pillars of our movement. The MP3, recorded at Renovatus Church, is available for download here.
HOST: The West Charlotte Coalition (a For Charlotte city network)

Experiential Learning: A Month in Poverty

What does it feel like to walk a mile in the shoes of a lower income West Charlotte neighbor? Click here to take an online poverty simulation—and why not invite your kids to do it with you? There is power in “seeking first to understand.” It’s more than a game—this is reality for many of our neighbors.

Aligning Our Efforts for West Charlotte

If your church, ministry, non-profit, or business is interested in partnering with The West Charlotte Coalition to make a measurable impact on the next generation of West Charlotte, please email Executive Director Marc Dickmann at marc@forcharlotte.org.

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